- Associated Press - Sunday, December 20, 2015

LEXINGTON, Ky. (AP) - Evelyn Akhator scored 18 points to help No. 8 Kentucky beat No. 13 Duke 71-61 on Sunday night in front of 17,150 fans, the fourth-largest crowd in school history.

Akhator scored eight of Kentucky’s first 10 points as the Wildcats (10-0) built an early lead and never trailed. The game was Kentucky’s second of the season at Rupp Arena.

Janee Thompson and Makayla Epps each added 17 points for the Wildcats.

Azura Stevens led Duke (9-3) with 17 points, and Crystal Primm had 15.

NO. 2 SOUTH CAROLINA 88, EAST CAROLINA 57

MYRTLE BEACH, S.C. (AP) - Tiffany Mitchell scored 17 points and South Carolina beat East Carolinato improve to 11-0.

South Carolina took control of a physical game in the second quarter, outscoring East Carolina 23-11. The Pirates (6-6) made just three of their 15 shots in the quarter.

A’ja Wilson returned from resting shin splints for two games to add 15 points and 10 rebounds. Alania Coates had 10 points and 15 rebounds. I’tiana Taylor scored 16 points for East Carolina.

NO. 5 TEXAS 61, ARKANSAS 50

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Brianna Taylor scored four of her 15 points in the final minute and had eight rebounds in Texas’ victory over Arkansas in the Big 12-Southeastern Conference Challenge.

Celina Rodrigo had nine points and eight rebounds, and Brooke McCarty also had nine points for Texas (10-0). The Longhorns have won 24 straight regular-season games against nonconference foes.

Jessica Jackson led Arkansas (3-8) with 22 points.

NO. 6 MARYLAND 106, MARYLAND-EASTERN SHORE 30

PRINCESS ANNE, Md. (AP) - Brene Moseley and Shatori Walker-Kimbrough each scored 23 points and Maryland set a record for victory margin.

Kiara Leslie added 22 points for the Terrapins (11-0) in their last game before facing No. 1 Connecticut on Dec. 28. Moengaroa Subritzky led Maryland-Eastern Shore (3-9) with 12 points.

NO. 9 MISSISSIPPI STATE 90, WESTERN MICHIGAN 68

SAN JUAN, Puerto Rico (AP) - Teaira McCowan scored a career-high 24 points and had 13 rebounds to lead Mississippi State past Western Michigan in the Puerto Rico Classic.

McCowan, a 6-foot-7 freshman, was dominant in the post, grabbing 10 offensive rebounds and shooting 9 of 16 from the field. Victoria Vivians added 15 points for the Bulldogs (10-1).

Meredith Shipman led Western Michigan (7-3) with 17 points.

NO. 18 TEXAS A&M; 74, NO. 17 OKLAHOMA 68

OKLAHOMA CITY (AP) - Courtney Williams scored 23 points and Texas A&M; overcame a 10-point third-quarter deficit to beat Oklahoma in the Big 12-Southeastern Conference Challenge.

Courtney Walker, from the Oklahoma City area, added 18 points for Texas A&M; (8-3). Kaylon Williams had 12 points and 13 rebounds to lead Oklahoma (9-2). The Sooners had won eight straight.

NO. 20 SOUTH FLORIDA 68, OKLAHOMA STATE 46

TAMPA, Fla. (AP) - Courtney Williams scored 16 points and Laura Ferreira had 12 of her 14 in the second half in South Florida’s victory over Oklahoma State.

South Florida (7-2) is 7-0 at home, having only lost at ranked Baylor and St. John’s. Brittney Martin led Oklahoma State (8-1) with 19 points.

NO. 23 MIAMI 89, INDIANA 75

WINTER PARK, Fla. (AP) - Freshman Emese Hof had season highs of 26 points and 14 rebounds in her first start to help Miami beat Indiana in the Florida Sunshine Classic.

Hof was 10 of 13 from the field and 6 of 7 at the line. Adrienne Motley added 18 points for Miami (11-1). Tyra Buss led Indiana (7-3) with 28 points, seven rebounds and four assists.

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